One of the things we worry about most, as we get older is our memory, and the thought of it gradually getting worse. How do I know this? Because, a lot of people we see at the Physio Rooms are aged 50+, and it’s one of the most common conversations we hear before people step in the treatment room.
If the facts you used to call up in a split second sometimes seem to have boarded a slow train to the part of the brain that needs them. Or, if you’re worried about forgetting things, names, words or where you left your keys – I want you to know there are simple things you can do about it.
Exercise to boost your memory - A lot of studies have found that exercise plays a big role in improving your memory, so when you get your body moving not only your body will benefit, but your brain will too! Exercise triggers changes in the brain, which means our thinking ability stays sharp, and our memories clear.
If you don’t already exercise, start slow with gentle, short walks, and build up from there. And if you do – keep going! And maybe turn your walk into a brisk walk, or light jog to challenge yourself a little bit more.
Drink enough to keep your memory sharp - We get told all the time about the importance of drinking enough water during the day, and there’s many good reasons for it. If you don’t drink enough, you can become dehydrated. And as well as causing pounding headaches, dehydration can affect your memory (something not a lot of us are aware of!).
What to drink? Obviously water is always a good choice – to make it easier, aim to have a full glass of water with every meal and in between meals too. Squash, tea, and eating fruits and vegetables also count if you’re not a big fan of drinking water alone.
Give your brain a workout to boost your memory - This is where the ‘use it or lose it’ phrase comes in. There’s a reason why stores are filled with cognitive games, because they keep your brain on its toes.
Doing activities like reading, playing an instrument, a game of cards, chess and board games – are linked to a lower risk of Dementia. But it’s important to not just stick to things you know, it’s called a brain workout for a reason – learn something new, and give your brain something challenging to get stuck into.
Eat good food - I don’t mean you have to go on a special diet, just make some healthy changes to your diet and you should feel the benefits in all sorts of ways – including a better memory and sharper brain.
Your memory needs sleep too - Again, another important aspect of health, but it’s important for a reason! Making sure you get enough shut-eye is important for both your physical and mental health. If you don’t get enough sleep each night, in the short term it can affect the decisions you make and how well you learn and remember information.
As you can see there’s several ways you can keep your memory and brain health in good check, and those are just 5 ways that you can easily put into play as soon as today.
The two big things I hope you’ll come away with are:
One - A healthy lifestyle is the foundation for a fit and resilient brain and a good memory.
And two - You are not stuck with the memory you have today. Memory is a skill you can learn and improve.
Start taking these steps today and you can upgrade your memory now and keep it sharp in the years to come.
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